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April 26, 1944

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% J Hear Petition Wednesday, April 26, 1944 For Removal of St. Croix Sheriff liceman makes the collections, he said. Reads Clerks' Statement Rector also placed in evidence the report of the town of Spring- field, covering the fiscal year ended March 23, 1944. which listed "slot machine tax" receipts from three RadiomanFlies Bomber 'Home' KENOSHA EVENING NEWS jagged metal of the seat and could not handle the controls. Kapotas, facing the taft, vung his seat around and took over be- fore the plane could go into a spin. For 45 minutes Kapotas flew the fast combat plane until he reached the flattop, but he did not have enough experience to attempt the persons amounting to $413. Rec- landing on the deck. Although tar said the town has no ordinance Washington --(U.P.)-- The navy weak from loss of blood, Ensign licensing slot machines, told today how Aviation Radioman Gildea summoned hLslastouneeof MONTGOMERY WARD'S REPLY Mrs. Madaline Mondor of New 1:c George E. Kapotas, 19, of South strength to make the landing. The - Richmond was questioned at length Minneapolis, Minn., took over the moment the wheels touched the deck, he' cut the switch and passed Madison, Wis. -- I -- Addi- I by Rector but beyond identifying controls of a damaged dive bomber tional testimony of open slot ma- her signature on an income tax re- when the pilot was wounded durin out, the navy saicu chine operations in St. Croix coun-' turn said she could not shed any a recent central Pacific action and .'7-" -- . tyndfcagvernmentaunits]ightnwheretheincmecameIewthepanebakitscarrier |' yOU --'" TO THE collecting fees on them was in the from. She said she did not know The pilot -- Ensign John T G'il lm  A drab- @ record as the hearing on a petition anything about the St. Croix Nov- den 20 Denver Cola -- landed  U for removal of Sheriff Georgel elty company, or that she was a the'ple then lost consciousness lw" .vr Evans continued today, partner in it, or where the profits Kapota's had some general know-   tt inE':insbinghargd cWitnypeme ::: furtamriggedeParSs:tLs eues wfereflYai?gheb?:dihisneguu:: E/8it'J5 E IOENT OF THE UNITED STATES a.. en, as commistsoner is con-  ," "" nti-aircraft fire hit Gildea's lr.tmm's ,8=e of the ducting the hearing for the gay- ne: ............ Dauntless dive bomber during a b: home w to get lion lnto'fi ernor. Deputy Attorney General I .ne sam that up to the nrs.t OZ mission and fragments tore through blood...IRn.:.aam'm "lble am also fs- Ward Rector is handlino the ____eal nc year her nusoana, nan )uKel the floor of the forward cockn'lt, mantatin" .ne.ve.nmpta@mof Zu_ ..on. ..... . ....... I boxe slot machines =nd such de- u ...........  . ry asmmrnaucea cuae m tacit or Ine peuuoners---orneiluS w.] . -,. .. .  ,  [splintering the mlca(tle seat ann mootammeateetoaootwmms'#mmt Lofgren and Spencer W. Yate& and wees m ew zcnmona, severely wounding the pilot. Ire .mzxrt,n$ '. JP'OUOw Mbel ditto- C. G. Mathys of Madison. is coun-] Disappeared in Recent Weeks had to hold himself up from the rao. Wor/ trIBng. sel for Evans I ........ [ --t * -- ..... rtarry welnoerg town at eores* __ tedav.mUnsCantdn?rngyeSe t dance hall inspector, said slot ma-! - ' , ,'_ .................  _g.el chines have disappeared from the , zw ,,acuznc vvzatzun u sala [ county in recent weeks on ance mg t ttia dhe believed citizens of the hnth,county I HeEd ardsasd he Schillinger" agot rid of themfarmerthree @ ==1-- ...--.-- WmhddseaVel:=: te:=g:feiPonfil 3 WaPn:ueld ese town of Emerald l said that he acquired slot machines ]ik [ " I " fin 1942 and until recently rented farmer who doubles as bartender' out 19 or 20 in St Croix county " /11 /1    1 haddob.er:edhmachTne-.e, tnurne]  LL 141/lllbU t t lection be held at an early date to ous tavern. since the start of the or four weeks ago. year. He said he knew such de- "What did you do with them?" .,AT" AMERICAN HOSIERY determine the employees' choice of relresentation. The question whether the Rector asked. vices had been operated in the "'I haven't got them now," Schil- union represents a majority of the emploFees in Wards' mail order house and county for the last five or ten years but expressed the opinion they have increased "quite a bit" since Evans has been in office. "Big Money" Machines In the last few )'ears. he said, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar ma- chines have appeared: formerly they were five and ten-centers. Questioned by Mathys, Maske said there were more taverns and I accordingly more machines but he answered "yes," when Rector asked if there were more machines in taverns than previously. Maske said "'the owners say they have a right to operate, given by town officials." The Rev, Raymond H. Ewing, pastor of the Roberts Congrega- tional church and one of the six ministers who suhmitted an affi- davit in support of the charges, told of his activity against slot machines. He said his 13-year-old son had gone into a tavern a year ago with other boys and that the latter had played slot machines. Ewing .said that when he questioned the tav- ernkeeper, his son's story was ad- mitted. The tavernkeeper said he] could not prevent the youngsters from playing them, Ewing testified. Reports Complaint "I said I could, so I took them out into the street and jumped on them," Ewing added. The minister said he complained to the town board June 9, 1943, and that he machines were removed although "'they came back in two weeks." He went to the board again, and again they were re- moved. Ewing said that early this month he saw boys playing slot machines in a Baldwin establLshment where he had gone for supper. George Vandenberg, clerk of the village of Baldwin, testified the village has an ordinance licensing amusement devices, but not one li- cering slot machines. He said that under the ordinance the village collected in 1943 more than $2,000 in fees at a rate of $7 a month for each machine. Collections thus far in 1944 total $546, he said, add- ing: "It is generally known in the community that part of the collec- tions come from slot machines." He placed the amount at 90 per cent of the total. The village po- Use Nacle wall finish right over wallpaper 0nly 98 PER GAL. PASTE FORM 1, om OAT Orns m wdpn pddd MIh -a, " ju._ ----L; - "ndL 2. AIPUES UmE mA,IC $.?AOOOt &mnn m i m 6. WASm tudmY 4.amsmmwAnm 7.tounr otoes I CITY LUMBER & SUPPLY CO. 6908 - 29th Ave. Phone 6166 linger answered. Fred Bolier, who described him- self as a farmer, beer distributor and slot machine operator, testified he had 14 slot and pinball machines on location the first of the year. Asked how many times he has removed machines, Bolier replied: "That's hard to say. It's a game that you take them out and put them in when things look right." Both Bolier and Sehillinger said they had never talked to Sheriff Evans relative to slot machine op- erations. Spencer W. Yates, Glenwood , City lawyer who was an unsucce- ful candidate for St. Croix county district attorney in 1942, was que tioned by Mathys. Yates, one of the complaining witnesses, said he had campaigned on an anti-slot machine platform. Through objections, R e c t o r blocked most of Mathys' questions. Mathys explained his line of inter- rogation by saying "I wish to prove this was started for political pur- poses," but Commissioner Isaksen ruled it immaterial. @ Badoer Aviation Cadet Killed in Plane Crash La Junta, Colo. -- (U.PJ  A/C Myron E. Gross, South Range, Wis., was one of three fliers killed yesterday when a twin-motored training plane crashed into a small warehouse at the army air base, setting the wooden building afire and injuring two of the occupants, public relations officers announced today NEUMODE 606 = 58th St. HOSIERY SHOP Phone S32 Skilled, Trained Mechanics Special Tools and Equipment Genuine Parts Courteous, Efficient Service on All Makes Come in for Our "SPECIAL SPRING TUNE.UI Todayl , BUY MO BONDS . oo Si IHE  , PYLE CHEVROLET COMPANY 5815 Fifth Avenue store in Chicago has been pending since November 16, 1943. Wards has repeat- edly urged a prompt determination of this question, and has publicly announced a readiness to recocynize the union when proof of its representation is presented. Although over five months have elapsed since the question arose, the union has refused to show that it is the majority choice of the employees by either a card check or an election. Wards will cant/hue to observe the wages, hours, and related terms of em- ployment as they were before the expiration of the former contract. Wards has made no change in any of these conditions since December 8, 1942, and could not do so under the Wage Stabilization L aw without prior governmental approval. Your assertion that the strike is inter fering with the distribution of essential goods is based upon misinformation. On April 13, the United States Post Office, presumably acting on orders from Washington, removed its seventy employees from the mail order house. For more than thirty years the post office had main- tained this department for the purpose of handling parcel post shipments to Wards' customers. On April 17, the United States Post Office refused to deliver to Wards incoming parcels from customers on which postage had been fully paid. Despite the assistance given to the strike by the United States Post Office, Wards' store has been open for business during the usual hours each day since the strike began and Wards is up to date in the filling of mail orders. Although Wards welcomes an early election, Wards cannot, under the law, grant special privileges to the union pending the election. To grant maintenance of union membership before the election is held, as the War Labor Board has ordered, would not only violate the empl oyees' fundamental liberty of free choice but it would also permit the union to demand the discharge of all the employees who have resigned from the union since December 8, 1943. Compliance with the board's order would thus make a mockery of the democratic right of employees to choose their bargaining representatives freely and without interference. By ordering the retroactive reinstatement of maintenance of membership, the War Labor Board has demonstrated its utterly unfair character, and its complete disregard of the command of Congress that its orders conform to the. National Labor Relations Act. Wards' experience with the War Labor Board over a period of two years has convinced Wards that the board is a means by which special privileges are granted to labor unions. The union merbers of the War Labor Board are men chosen for leadership by the unions, and have actually advanced the interests of the unions. The so-called public members have consistently joined with the union members to support the demands of organized labor. The so-called indus- try members are committed to a policy of supporting the majority vote of the union members and the union-dominated public members. The War Labor Board has always claimed that its orders are law and must be obeyed. It has coerced innumerable employers into acceptance of its orders by threatening the seizure of their businesses. When Wards brought suit to have the board's orders declared illegal, the board asked the courts to dismiss the case. IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO ITS PREVIOUS CLAIMS OF POWER, THE BOARD'S PLEA TO THE COURT WAS THAT ITS ORDERS WERE NOT "LEGALLY BINING." BUT WERE ONLY "ADVICE" WHICH WARDS NEED NOT ACCEPT. The purpose of this plea was to deny Wards a trial before the courts. The issues raised by Ward's case against the War Labor Board are judicial questions which under the Constitution only the courts may decide. The War Labor Board, by asking you to force Wards to comply with its order while seeking to deprive Wards of an opportunity for a hearing in the courts, has demonstrated its lack of respect for our Constitution and the fundamental rights which the Constitution guarantees. Your assertion that, if Wards does not accept your direction, you will take further action, has been construed by the press to threaten the seizure of Wards' plant and business. The Constitution of the United States guarantees to the people the protection of those fundamental rights without which there can be no liberty. Under the Constitution, Congress is the sole law-making authority. Neither the President of the United States nor any other official has the legal right to seize any business or property either in time of peace or in time of war unless Congress has ex- pressly given him the power to do so. Congress has given the President no power to seize the non-war business of Montgomery Ward. Any seizure of Wards' plant or business would be in com- plete disregard of the Constitution which the President is sworn to uphold and defend Wdrds has violated no law nor denied to the, union any privilege to which it is legally entitled. Respectfu//y, ' MONT6OMERY WARD & tO. 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